Star View drive-in sold to local residents

The Star View drive-in movie theater will change hands Friday for the first time in more than a half-century. The theater, the last of its kind in this immediate area, has been owned by William Steel, of Oberlin, since 1949. Steel also owns the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

The Star View drive-in movie theater will change hands Friday for the first time in more than a half-century.

The theater, the last of its kind in this immediate area, has been owned by William Steel, of Oberlin, since 1949. Steel also owns the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin.

The new owners Constellation Enterprises LLC take possession Friday. The sale price was not disclosed.

Constellation consists of local residents Janet Doughty and Steve Witter.

Witter said he and Doughty are excited about the transition.

"Oh yeah, it's been Grand Central Station around here," Witter said.

Witter also noted the Star View will remain a drive-in theater this season and beyond, which is what Steel wanted. It will also keep its May-to-September schedule.

Doughty and Witter have both worked on and off at the drive-in theater for the past 30 years. Witter is currently the groundskeeper. He also works full-time at Whirlpool in Clyde.

"We want to keep the drive-in family-oriented with just-released movies," he said. "We want to keep the prices the same and maybe update the menu."

Buying the Star View was always in the back of Witter's mind. "Yes, we're nostalgic people," he said of himself and co-owner Doughty. "There's a good patronage base here. We want to keep this a family experience."

Steel said his father and two or three others built the Star View.

"It just seemed the time was right," the 77-year-old Steel said of the sale. "I knew Steve (Witter) and he seemed like a good person to take over."

Steel said he will retain possession of and continue running the Apollo.

The Star View is currently showing "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "Ocean's 13."

Comments

Gongratulations...

Best of Luck to you. I have been going to the star view off and on for 40 years. It is just a great place to go and see a movie. Thanks for keeping the spirit alive.

Nostalgia (Anon...

The Star View was where my husband and I had our fist date back in 1960. It was a good beginning to our courtship. We have been married 46 years.

Norwalkresident...

It's nice to see the Star View alive and well, and going to local ownership. The previous owner did a nice job, and it sounds like the new owners plan on continuing the tradition.
It's one of the best bargains around, and you can't beat the prices at the concession stand.
Good luck to the new owners!

Sandusky Reside...

It sure is nice to see someone buy an outdoor theater and keep it a theater. I guess we are the lucky ones to still have a "drive in", There just isn't many of these left. I don't care what they say about watching movies at home on a VCR or DVD, It just isn't the same as watching them on the "big screen" from inside your car. Also the enjoyment of buying food and pop from the stand during the first show. Keep this place alive and let Star view live on !!